Hartwick College believes in embracing the differences that each student brings to our campus. The Office Intercultural Affairs assists ALANA* students in the following ways:

  • Serves as an information resource center, giving ALANA students and the greater Hartwick community easy and direct access to important information
  • Assists ALANA students in the resolution of academic and personal problems
  • Serves as a "link," connecting ALANA students to other members of the college community
  • Assists in articulating the Hartwick commitment to ALANA students in higher education *African American, Latino/a American, Asian American & Native American

*ALANA* is an acronym for African American, Latino/a American, Asian American & Native American.

"The term AHANA [ALANA] is not degrading, inaccurate, or stereotypical. It is creative, unique, and symbolic of pride. AHANA [ALANA] was not developed to segregate its members from the remainder of the Campus community. It was developed to unite its members for the good of all and to inspire cultural awareness and destroy the void among students of different racial backgrounds. We do not want to feel 'minor'."

The above words and feelings were presented to the Boston College Board of Trustees [in 1978] by several undergraduate students arguing that "minority" was an offensive and unacceptable term when applied to people of color. Dr. Donald Brown, director of the Office of AHANA Student Programs at Boston College, developed the acronym.

To date, over 40 American colleges and universities have adopted the AHANA or ALANA acronym. AHANA, was later changed to ALANA when the term Latino/a American began to be used over Hispanic American. The ALANA or AHANA acronym is used on college and university campuses across the nation.

Taken from Multicultural Programs', Student Success Guide, Fifth Edition. Research gathered from Black Issues in Higher Education, Article by Dr. Donald Brown, April 1989.